Sunday, April 5, 2009

Blue Butterfly

This post is about authenticity. You might think its about the butterfly card to the left and it is mostly, but its about being real with my stamping. 
This is a card of covered up errors. :) I had fun making it but it is one of those ooops! what do I do now! cards. 
The piece of blue paper is covering up an unwanted line from the paper and cuttlebug folder going through my wizard. The butterfly? I colored it in and then saw that I missed a spot, grabbed the wrong color blue and had to color over the lighter blue I had originally intended for the butterfly. Then the sentiment, that 'thank you.' Ahhhh, I am always nervous about stamping directly on a large section of the card. How much easier is it to stamp on a little scrap and if that one doesn't work, toss it and grab a new little scrap? I stamped that sentiment six times on the back of an envelope for practice before I bravely stamped it on the card underneath the butterfly . . . aaaaannnd I botched it. So now you have the sentiment on a neat little oval glued over it instead. I could pretend to be a perfect stamper and a perfect person but I'm not. Isn't it nice we can go over things and fix and make it better? And tomorrow there is a fresh piece of paper waiting and a fresh new day. Thanks for looking. 
Stamps: Stampin' Up Winged Things, sentiment from Honey Bee by Papertrey Ink
Ink: black
Paper: Papertrey white for card base, neenah solar white for the scalloped lace (its thinner and goes through the punch better)
Other: cuttlebug edge folder, Martha Stewart punch, paper piercer, oval punch, SU dazzling diamonds glitter, ciao copic markers in various shades of blue and purple

14 comments:

Tracey said...

I've made that card Peggysue. Layout was a little different, and the colors changed...but it was ALL about authenticity ;) Thanks for sharing - it's beautiful :)

Michelle said...

I love your authentic card! I have many of these in my collection. Imperfections are part of what makes things art, in my opinion!

Gina said...

Just think of all we learn from those little mistakes! You say it's authentic and it's great, but you also showed that you can still make something beautiful from a bunch of not perfect parts.

katiesniche said...

My mom always said just about the same thing when she was cake decorating. You could eat your mistakes...no one knew.
Beautiful card. Love all the parts to it.

Diane said...

Thanks for the lighthearted laugh at yourself! Refreshing...and yes, very real. How many times has that very scenario been played out with each one of us. Life has a way of forcing us to be authentic...even when we try to be otherwise. And aren't we so thankful that IRL, God offers mercy and forgiveness when we turn to Him with our failures. He is an awesome God.

Thank you so much for your heartfelt words of authenticity on WTW. Girlfriend, I love your realness--in every way!

laos348 said...

The mistakes made for a great final card. What's the saying?? Something about that there are no mistakes, only possibilities. I probably took license with the original saying but you get the point. Very pretty card.

Kim said...

Yeah, I have those "oops, what do I do with it now" moments all the time when I'm stamping. I tell my customers all the time that what is so great about stamping is--there's no mistake you can't fix. You'd never know this card isn't how you originally inteded it to be. Very nice.

Elizabeth said...

If you didn't point out the boos, we would never have known. That is the great thing about making cards - it is just paper. Flip it over, cover it up, put a button or embellishment over the spot. It all works.

LLB said...

LOL..You goofy girl! What the Enemy intends for bad...the Lord made for good and quite beautiful! I love this card, AND! I do those things ALL the time! Love you and your honesty! Hugz!

BethH said...

Cute, cute! I love how it turned out..and my motto is...there is usually always a way to fix a card! You did great!

Scrapping Julie said...

awesome! i just got that embossing borders!!!

kat9 said...

I love the embossing. I looked at those boarders....hmmmm. I like them. Nice work.

The Mama Monkey said...

I have the same anxiety about stamping right on the card! I always get a blemish! They are card freckles and I just let them go! LOL

Millie said...

Ilove tone on tone and I have been thinking about doing a wedding card with shades of white! I hope mine turns out as well as yours...this is beautiful!